SOUTHLAND’S one-stop shop for jobs and career advice is back and ready to provide a helping hand for job-seekers in Southland.
The Southland PopUp Job Shop is returning for its second year and is expanding across the region with pop-up shops to open in Invercargill, Gore and Te Anau this month.
The Southland initiative to connect those in the region with employment opportunities was extremely well received last year with 520 people visiting the Invercargill PopUp Job Shop.
Venture Southland labour market co-ordinator Kirsten Diack said the success of last year’s pop-up job shop had encouraged the expansion into Gore and Te Anau.
“We are excited to have expanded the locations of the shop so that more people are able to realise the extent of employment opportunities available across the region,” Ms Diack said.
The initiative is part of Venture Southland’s co-ordinated response to Southland’s people shortage and aligns with the Southland Regional Development Strategy goal of attracting 10,000 more people to the region by 2025.
“We have organised local employers to come and speak on the skills needed in their industry and will have professional advice available every day,” Ms Diack said.
It was an excellent opportunity for those starting out in the workforce, unemployed or looking for a change in career, she said.
The Southland PopUp Job Shop will be open from April 16-21 at 54 Tay St, next to Zookeepers Cafe.
“The shop provides a relaxed and friendly environment in which connections can be made with local employers,” Ms Diack said.
The initiative is being supported by the Southland Chamber of Commerce and Southern Directionz, which will have staff on site to provide assistance with creating effective CVs and lasting impressions in job interviews.
The shop will provide local employers the opportunity to display vacancies free of charge and connect with local job seekers.
“This is another way that we are working to future-proof Southland’s labour market,” Ms Diack said.
Ms Diack said employers who wanted to advertise jobs at the Southland PopUp Job Shop could email them to firstname.lastname@example.org until tomorrow.